Last Saturday was an evening of celebration and culture as the Pasadena Conservatory of Music (PCM) presented the third and final concert of their 2022-2023 Musical Interludes season. This year’s season was unique as it featured music from three different countries, showcasing the works of composers from France, the United States, and Russia. The last concert, titled “Between the Wars | Russia,” was a tribute to the works of Russian composers from the first half of the 20th century.
The evening’s performances featured several renowned PCM faculty members, including Sarkis Baltaian on the piano, Kathryn Eames on the piano, Elizabeth Hedman on the violin, Vatché Mankerian on the piano, and Laura Stoutenborough on the clarinet. They were joined by guest artists InSook Baltaian on the piano and Garik Terzian on the cello. The ensemble delivered a breathtaking performance, showcasing the music of Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky, Dmitri Kabalevsky, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The concert concluded with an electrifying encore of Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian, performed by Sarkis and InSook Baltaian.
The concert’s host, Brian Lauritzen, also wrote the program notes, providing a deeper insight into the musical works of the evening. For those who missed the concert, PCM’s e-newsletter, Play On, will soon feature a recording of the concert, allowing music lovers to enjoy the performance at their convenience.
PCM is busy working on their 2023-24 season of Musical Interludes Concerts entitled: Pedagogues and Protégés. The season will begin with Salieri in late 18th Century Vienna, move to Rimsky-Korsokov who taught at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in the late 19th Century, and conclude with Nadia Boulanger who taught at Conservatories in both France and the US in the early 20th Century. Stay tuned in the coming months for more details with dates, repertoire, and performers.
For more information on PCM’s programs and classes visit www.pasadenaconservatory.org.